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CREMANT DE LOIRE - COTEAUX DU LAYON - ... Alain Rousseau et fils DOMAINE DES FONTAINES

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aoc /appellation: CREMANT DE LOIRE, COTEAUX DU LAYON, CABERNET D'ANJOU, ANJOU, BONNEZEAUX, ROSE DE LOIRE

Alain Rousseau, recently joined by his son, runs the family domain of 60 acres. “We have been involved in growing grapes with limited use of chemicals and adapting to a more sustainable ways to bring out the best in our vineyard,” states Alain.

In this western part of the Middle Loire, the appellations Coteaux du Layon and Bonnezeaux are the stars of sweet wines made from the Chenin Blanc varietal.

The white wines of the Coteaux du Layon are based on Chenin blanc and are known for their high acidity when young and ability to develop and age well. The influence of the nearby ocean brings to this land and its wines a great balance. The light morning fog generates the famous “noble rot,” also known as botrytis.

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Two concepts central to higher end French wines are the notion of "terroir", which links the style of the wines to the specific locations where the grapes are grown and the wine is made, and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) France and (AOP) Appellation d’Origine Protégée Europe system. Appellation rules closely define which grape varieties and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or even specific vineyards.

We do not select wines based on them being organic, biodynamic, or sustainable, but many of the wines produced by our winemakres fall in to one or more of these categories. The US regulations for organic wines are different from the French regulations for organic wines. Therefore, the French organic wines can’t carry on the bottle the French organic logo. We will mentionned in our descriptif if the wine is labeled organic in France.